Have you been a victim of police misconduct in New York City? You may be eligible for compensation for your suffering.
We like to think the police are here to protect us, to serve our communities, and to prevent crime. But encounters with the police aren’t always so simple. You may have instead been injured, falsely arrested, or coerced into a confession by a police officer. That’s traumatic, but it’s also possible to get help.
At Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP, we’re here to help victims of police misconduct get the compensation they’re due. You have a chance at fair compensation with a NYC police misconduct lawyer.
Police misconduct covers an array of actions, but they all have this in common—they involve the use of the officer’s position to break the law, ignore their duties, or gain favors from others. For example, a NYC police officer using their badge to get discounts or free entrance to events is committing police misconduct.
If you’ve experienced any of the following or other abuses of power, you may be eligible for a NYC police misconduct claim:
When an NYC police officer acts inappropriately, you may be the one suffering for it. These losses caused by the officer, or damages, can include both your financial losses and the mental or emotional suffering you experienced.
If you were injured by a police officer, you may have some hospital bills that should be paid for. You may have also missed work, or you may have lost property and funds because of a false imprisonment. These damages should be added up and included in your compensation.
But not every negative encounter with the police has financial aspects. Let’s say you were threatened and intimidated by a police officer. You may have suffered emotional distress caused by their actions, and you may be due compensation for it. Your police misconduct lawyer in NYC can help you calculate those losses.
Suing the police has been notoriously difficult in the past, especially when doctrines like qualified immunity stand in your way. Laws like these prevent many NYC police misconduct victims from successfully suing police officers.
But recently, New York has repealed a law allowing the New York Police Department to shield disciplinary records. Access to these records can help you build a claim against the officer or officers who harmed you. But that’s also not easy to do alone.
Your police misconduct lawyer can help you understand the records and use them effectively in court. They can also help you prove the police officer was acting inappropriately and should be held responsible for their actions.
The police should be held to a certain standard, but too often, they commit abuses of power. An NYC police misconduct lawyer can help you when you were the victim of one of these abuses. If you believe you’ve been the victim of police misconduct, reach out to Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP for a free consultation. Call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or fill out the online contact form below to get in touch.